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Lyon & Provence on Viking Heimdal

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Sail along France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers past some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer. During your 8-day journey, explore the famed region of Beaujolais and the colorful fields of Provence. Visit Gallo-Roman ruins, walk cobbled streets and visit the historic Papal Palace in Avignon. Learn about the region’s time-honored winemaking traditions.


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DayDestination
1Avignon
2Avignon
3Arles
4Viviers
5Tournon
6Lyon
7Lyon
8Lyon

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4 Days Baja Mexico from Los Angeles

Offer Details – Distinctive Travel All Carnival ships inspire guests to have a great time and a memorable vacation, but it won’t surprise you to learn that the inspiration for Carnival Inspiration… was nothing less than inspiration itself! From the moment you step aboard, you’ll realize that this isn’t just a cruise ship. The Grand Atrium isn’t just a room with a high ceiling – it’s a place of high art. Your dinner at one of the two main dining rooms is more than just a dish in front of you – it’s the result of our chefs’ culinary creativity. And the Paris and Candlelight Lounges aren’t just rooms with some seats and a stage – they’re spots for our performers to transport you to another place and time.

If you’re thinking of cruising, there’s a very good chance you’re considering a Carnival cruise. Growing since our founding in 1972, Carnival Cruise Line — “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” — now carries millions of passengers every year. Our newest ship is Carnival Horizon, which debuted in April, and we’re introducing the new Carnival Panorama and the totally transformed Carnival Sunrise setting sail in 2019.

In a nutshell… we’re all about fun vacations at sea and ashore! A Carnival cruise features day and nighttime entertainment like stage shows, musical performances, deck parties, casinos and more. (Like what? Like waterslides!) We invite our guests to come as they are, and we make everyone feel right at home with comfy staterooms, attentive service, casual and elegant dining, plus a variety of bars and gathering places indoors and out. Guests enjoy this unique experience against the backdrop of some of the world’s most beautiful seaports. For more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 http://distinctivetravelcruises.com

7 Night Windward Islands Cruise on Royal Clipper

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Windward Islands Cruise

In 1902, the largest, fastest sailing ship the world had ever seen was launched. The legendary Preussen dominated the seas, only to be gone in a few short years. Neither before nor since had the world seen such a magnificent sailing ship. Until today…

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold.

Offer Details – Distinctive Travel Since 1991 Star Clippers Ltd. has offered sophisticated travelers the ultimate cruising vacation alternative – a tall ship “mega-yacht” experience aboard authentic re-creations of the classic sailing clipper ships that ruled the waves during the 19th century.

The brainchild of Swedish entrepreneur, Mikael Krafft, Star Clippers operates three of the largest barquentine and full-rigged sailing ships in the world. Star Clipper, Star Flyer and flagship, Royal Clipper are a triumvirate of four and five-masted sailing ships that offer the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht at a price which is often less than one would pay on a large, mass-marketed cruise ship. With Star Clippers, Mikael Krafft has realized his lifelong dream to provide a unique sailing experience for his passengers in full harmony with the environment, the sea and often away from ports congested with tourists. For more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruises.com

7 Days, Legendary Rhine on Crystal Debussy

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Follow the romantic Rhine through quaint villages in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands to explore Gothic cathedrals and imposing fortresses; stroll Rüdesheim’s famous Drosselgasse and savor a locally produced pinot noir at a wine tavern.  By sea, river, land and air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. Since the beginning, Crystal has set the bar of excellence for luxury travel. Today, we are redefining it altogether, presenting the savviest world travelers with choices, experiences and luxuries unmatched in the industry. By Ocean, River, Yacht and Air, each Crystal Experience is designed to showcase the world and its wonders in the most remarkable ways. Join us as new adventures unfold… For more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruises.com

Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

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On this two-week cruise, you’ll first call at the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it’s on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional diving. Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you’ll discover the islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka, and Nuku Hiva. On these wild islands you’ll find waterfalls, wild stallions, tiki sculptures, and an arboretum, among other delights. More enjoyment awaits on Taha’a (Motu Mahana), our own private motu, and a day at spectacular Moorea.

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Launched in 1998, the renowned, 5+-star m/s Paul Gauguin was built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific and is the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in this enchanting destination. No other luxury ship in history has offered this level of single-destination focus and expertise on a year-round basis for such an extended period of time.

With more than 25 years of experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, Pacific Beachcomber is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator in the region. In addition to The Gauguin, Pacific Beachcomber operates seven award-winning hotels and is committed towards achieving environmental and social sustainability.  Most recently, Pacific Beachcomber opened The Brando, an award-winning luxury eco-resort on the private island of Tetiaroa, on July 1, 2014.Less For more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 http://distinctivetravelcruises.com

Enticing Douro River

ENTICING DOURO March 28 – April 4, 2020 Join Dan & Becca Marek of Georgetown Winery and Thirsty Mule Winery on a relaxing 7-night cruise through the Douro River Valley

Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey through the wonderfully scenic Douro River Valley. It is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your vacation in historic Porto.

This cruise itinerary is very popular and sells out quickly for the year.  Until April 25th 2019, enjoy $250 off per person and if you have cruised with AmaWaterways before, receive your past passenger discount.  The NEW AmaDouro will come out in 2019 and has 50 cabins holding 100 passengers.  Cabins feature, window, French Balcony or cabins with useable balconies.

Ports of call include Regua, where there is an excursion to Lamego – which houses one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies); the picturesque village of Barca d’Alva; enjoy a full day in the UNESCO town of Salamanca and see the University buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells; Vega de Terron – tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets; revisit Regua and visit the palace and gardens of Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real; enjoy a special dinner at the Alpendurada Monestery in Bitetos before returning to Porto and seeing the historical sites.  Along the way, enjoy wine and port tasting at various vineyards.

The optional PRE-CRUISE land program in Lisbon includes some great sites as well: 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the InterContinental Lisbon (or similar), including city tour, which includes the old town as well as the spectacular 16th century Jeronimus Monastery. Day 2 features an excursion to the beautiful village of  Royal Sintra with Pena National Palace  After departing Lisbon for Porto,  stop along the way and spend several hours in Fatima, renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary before heading to the ship in Porto.

For more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruises.com

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

Get a sense of exploring Scotland by ship
Selected as a National Geographic Traveler magazine “Tour of a Lifetime” for its authenticity, immersion, sustainability, and connection, our Highlands and Islands expedition offers the most encompassing way to explore Scotland. The 48-guestLord of the Glens is the only ship that allows you to:

  • Sail through the heart of Scotland via the Caledonian Canal that bisects the country, plus explore remote and beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides
  • Kayak Loch Linnhe, see the storied battlefield of Culloden, beautiful Glenfinnan, the historic Isle of Iona, and the isles of Mull, Eigg, and Skye
  • Travel to hauntingly beautiful moorlands, grand castles, sacred abbeys, and sweeping mountains.

The highlights and seldom-seen Scotland
The only expedition of its kind, you’ll explore Scotland as few people have on an enchanting Highland tour of Scotland. Purpose-built for these waters, our gracious ship, Lord of the Glens is able to fit through narrow canals and stepped locks in the heart of the country and also navigate among the islands and their small communities along the coast. The result is a panoramic voyage, a rare expedition that offers an immersive, in-depth experience at a comfortable pace. 

Experience the sweep of history 
You’ll walk among ancient stone monuments, weave your way through ruins of fantastic castles, and stroll through a sacred abbey. Learn the legacy of 1,300-year-old clans and visit the cemetery of Scottish monarchs. Experience the charm of modern Scotland through live music on board and a special visit to the tiny Isle of Eigg, home to about 90 souls.for more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruises.com

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